Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Delay caving to craving

A reader wrote to me recently asking for some suggestions about dealing with sugar cravings.  Here are some of the ideas that I shared with her.

First, try to see if you can get past the craving.  Look at the clock and tell yourself that you can have whatever it is in 20 minutes.  Usually, by that time you will be involved in something else and will forget all about it. 

You can have a small treat in an appropriate serving size.  Plan to allow yourself this treat once or twice per week.  Make sure that you know what an appropriate serving size is, such as one large or two small cookies, not half a box.  If you can't be responsible with treats in your home, buy only enough for one serving at a time.

A good way to fight sweet cravings is to eat more protein.  I find protein shakes helpful because they taste sweet but aren't.  With vanilla shakes, you can add frozen fruit and ice, make it in the blender and it will be similar to a milkshake. 

Boredom and fatigue can cause cravings, too.  If you are too tired, your body craves sugar to give you energy.  Make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep.  If you are bored, look for things to keep you occupied, even if they seem mindless or useless.  Crafts, computer games and reading are all good options.  You can play solitaire with a deck of cards and a lap board.  A coloring book and crayons can make a nice diversion.  Michael's has nice coloring books that you can do with markers.

Try different options at different times to find out what works best for you.